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display debate. the holidays will be on the minds of local leaders this morning. fanning the flames, despite increasing opposition, a controversial church leader says he will not back down for plans to burn the koran. good morning, i'm craig melvin in for joe krebs. >> welcome to "news 4 today" for this september 8th, 2010. it is 5:00 a.m., 75 degrees, another nice day in the nation's capital. we had a little return to summer but not like the oppressive heat. >> it should be cooler and we don't have a lot of humidity around. it was a comfortable heat. it's a balmy start, we have a front holding in like a blanket. when you see the little patch of green and blue left of your screen, that is light shower, rain shower about to come into rockingham county over the next half hour or so. elsewhere, no precipitation, a few clouds coming through.
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it's in the 70s throughout most of the region. mid-70s on eastern shore. these light showers in the mountains now are associated with a weak front that will be passing right through the metro area later this morning. there's a slight chance of a passing shower. a few clouds and breezy as we clear out this afternoon. highs in the upper 80s and cooler weather into thursday and friday and saturday. ashley, good morning, how's the traffic? >> good morning. well, no big problems to report on 95. volume is at a manageable pace. along 66, no big trouble spots to report. this is the pace justin side the capitol beltway. headlights are heading in the westbound direction. volume is on the increase leaving 109 for the truck scales but lanes are open and after the truck scales it's wide open towards the capitol beltway. back to you. today a controversial debate over christmas will finally come to an end in loudoun county. the issue is whether holiday
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displays should be allowed on the lawn of the historic county courthouse. last night dozens came out to speak their minds. jackie bensen reports. >> here in the middle of summer i'm finding out that we're attacking christmas again. >> reporter: members of the loudoun county board of supervisors faced a capacity crowd in the public hearing chamber. dozens of residents signed up to speak on a controversial issue, should religious displays continue to be permitted on the grounds of the historic loudoun county courthouse. >> the proper place is on religious or private property. when are we going to stop and recognize the lord? that's the reason that we're here. >> reporter: some were concerned about possible costs to taxpayers. >> the damage to the courthouse grounds, particularly to the ir replaceable historic trees but other buildings or other plantings.
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>> i don't feel god needs a pony show, on the other hand, if you can turn a profit on this for loudoun county, well boo rah to you. >> reporter: the public sponsor ed displays had been limited to ten on a first come, first serve basis. the announcement caused an uproor and received national attention. >> when you get the aclu and ken cuccinelli agreeing on something, you may wonder is the end of the world near? >> reporter: the board of supervisors will vote on the matter on wednesday night. jackie bensen, "news 4 today." virginia governor bob mcdonnell is expected to unveil a plan to impose a 4% tax on all bars and restaurants. according to reports, the 4% tax includes a 1.5% tax on all stores and restaurants that sell liquor and 2.5% tax on the overall annual sales.
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the money raised would make up for the money lost if the state privatizes the liquor store. together he believes the changes could bring in $260 million a year. police in howard county believe a woman found dead inside a burned out apartment died before the fire started. firefighters were called to an apartment in the 6,000 block of majors lane for the report of a fire. when they arrived, they found the body of a woman in her 30s and a man suffering from undetermined injuries. police believe his injuries also occurred before the fire started. they are looking into the possibility that the whole thing may have stemmed from a domestic dispute. mean while, the victim's names have-nots been released. the man accused of shooting at a bethesda woman is waking up in jail this morning. joshua prince turned himself over to police in montoursville. he fired at his bgirlfriend in n
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apartment complex. court documents show she filed a protective order against him last week. new this wednesday morning, federal investigators are looking into a threatening message found in one of the bathrooms in an airplane. it happened on a thai airways plane last night. the plane landed safely at lax, passengers were taken off and rescreened and officials have not released what the message said. a small florida church plans to burn the koran on september 11th and it is fueling debail bait around the world. secretary of state hillary clinton is condemning those plans. kimberly suiters has details. >> not just is the secretary of state but white house and leaders top to bottom. it's kind of stunning that a 58-year-old pastor of this tiny church with 50 members down in florida could have this kind of impact in the world.
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listen to what he has said. >> we are going to have an international burn a koran day. >> if people should lose their life, that would be tragic. i must say that we feel must sooner or later stand up to islam. >> demonstrators in kabul afghanistan are so angry about the planned burning of the koran, they denounced the u.s. and the church has posted anti-muslim slogans on the internet and advertised a koran burning right in front of its church, the dove world outreach center coming up on the anniversary of 9/11. the goal according to the pastser is to stand up to islamic extremism. u.s. military leaders and top officials in the administration, condemn his plan calling the act un-american. david petraeus reacted with this statement, the safety of our
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soldiers and civilians would be put in jeopardy and accomplishment of the mission would be made more difficult. >> we think that these are provocative acts. they are disrespectful and intolerant. they a they are deadvicive. this demands the strongest possible condemnation. >> to those who do this, i say, you bring dishonor to the name of jesus christ. >> all of those leaders from many different faiths gathered to condemn the burning. the pastor has to carry a weapon because he has got p 100 death threats. he has been denied a bonfire permit. it will remain to be seen whether he backs down to
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international pressure. the imam behind the proposed mosque at ground zero says it will contain separate prayer areas for different faiths as well. tolerance and freedom of worship and went on to say that it's critical that americans not back away from completing the project. 75 degrees, both candidates for mayor agree on one thing, why one of them is asking for more police on primary day. it's burned 7,000 acres, dozens of homes and not slowing down yet, an update on wildfires in colorado. next, it is going to be another hot one, your weather and traffic are next. stay with us.
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on this wednesday morning, it's 5:11 and we have a balmy morning with temperatures in the 70s. radar showing needed sprinkles. a few showers south of -- right there at win chester then there's another area of light rain in southern shenandoah county as well as now just moving out of west virginia into rockingham county. that may head towards perhaps
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madison and green in the next couple of hours. we're in the 70s around the region. a few clouds this morning, a small chance of a passing shower and breezy and turning cooler thursday into saturday. we'll look at sunday and next week in ten minutes. most of the major arteries are functioning as they should. why open and without any major problems. 395 is one of those. this is the pace as you make your way past king. the brake lights or tail lights are definitely doing the posted speed limit. along the capitol beltway, we're not dealing with a whole lot. very quiet making your way past connecticut avenue. lanes are open. found a disabled vehicle, little truck on the shoulder, certainly not going to add any time to your commute. >> thank you, ashley. 5:12 is your time now. grading our roads, brand-new reports on driving on d.c. roads is a bumpy ride but the news is not all bad for our area. also, did a car crash spark
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here's a check on the top stories we're following this morning. loudoun county lead ares will vote to allow whether to leave religious displays outside the courthouse. the debate started last november when a resident based commission decided county should ban religious displays. federal investigators are looking into a threaten message that happened on a thai airways flight. the plane landed safely at lax, the passengers were taken off and rescreened at the security
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terminal rng terminal. a pastor still plans to burn the koran on september 11th. secretary of state hillary clinton is condemning those plans. he insists the constitution protects his right to burn the book considered to be holy by muslims. >> we continue to follow a developing story in colorado. firefighters work through the night there trying to contain the massive wildfire that's already destroyed more than 90 homes and businesses. the fire broke out and has been burning out of control ever since. the governor has declared a state of emergency. more than 3,000 have been forced to leave their homes. officials are investigating reports that a fire started when a car ran into a propane tank. meanwhile, fire destroyed two dozen homes in detroit. more than 60 fires were reported in three neighborhoods there. strong winds have fanned the flames. a fire official says the fires may have started when dead tree
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limbs fell across power lines. at this point no injuries have been reported. we are less than one week away from the d.c. mayor's primary, instead of heating things up, the two main candidates are asking some of their supporters to cool down. campaign workers have clashed at polling sites in recent day and in one incident, both from either side accuse the other of spitting. more police may be needed at polling sites to keep things under control. they are reviewing security with the board of elections. do you take maryland or d.c. highways to get to work? if so, you're driving on some of the worst highways in the country, according to a new study which blasts washington highway traffic systems. elaine reyes has more on that. >> reporter: we're on highway 50 near the beltway. this isn't a traffic study but one about quality and cost. obviously traffic congestion does play a part in the
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condition of our roads and how they are managed. the annual highway study was compiled by the region foundation. maryland and d.c.'s highway system are among the worst in terms of quality and cost. virginia's roads are much better but dropped several places from the ranking earlier. maryland ranks 43rd. on a positive note, d.c. has one of the lowest fatality rates in the nature but one of the worst when it comes to pavement condition and bridges and congestion. the study also includes the cost of highway maintenance and the condition of rural highways. despite all of the numbers in the report, it also says the overall condition of the state-owned highways nationwide is actually never been in better shape. some important numbers to note, north dakota comes in first,
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meanwhile, rhode island and alaska and california come in last. craig, back to you. >> elaine, thank you. the highways that you take may be getting a bad review, but the child booster seats in your car are getting higher marks. the insurance institute will release results from crash tests involving 72 different booster seats, 21 of those models will be rated as best bet. seven others will be good bets. that's a major improvement over a year ago when nine were considered best and six were considered good. now to the latest on the gulf oil disaster. bp will release the first official report into what led to the massive oil leak in the gulf. the company will make public the own internal finding into the explosion later this morning. 11 rig workers died and more than 4 million barrels of oil spewed into the gulf. bp's report comes as the fbi begins to inspect the failed blowout preventer brought up
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from the sea floor over the weekend. a body recovered 16 miles off the coast of ocean city has been identified as a missing man from the district. delgado was swimming when a strong rip current swept him away after searching for several days they called off the search. the body was discovered by a boater earlier this week. the medical examiner later determined it was delgado. hermine has been downgraded to a tropical depression but it's still causing damage in texas. parts of the state were hit by heavy rain and high winds. a number of homes were damaged and tens of thousands left without power. more rain is expected today. >> we've been dry here. >> looks like we might be dry for a few more days. >> a portion of hermine's rains may make it in here by sunday. we could use some rain as we
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have parched conditions. with winds picking up this afternoon, it increases our wildfire hazard. we do have a few clouds coming through ahead of a weak cool front. some of those clouds producing a few light showers. drifting off to the southeast, elsewhere, no precipitation, it's a mild morning, in the 70s from the mountains to the atlantic beaches, 75 in washington, low 70s in the suburbs. and clearing this afternoon with a blustery northwest wind and overnight tonight the winds will diminish but it will be blustery on thursday but cooler. 50s againen friday morning. saturday partly cloudy and 50s in the morning, afternoon highs upper 70s. then sunday we could get passing showers mainly in the morning. looks dry for the skins game sunday night and dry starting off next week. how's the traffic now? >> this early morning let's dive in out of maryland, on the capitol beltway, no trouble
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spots to speak of. as you can see you are rolling at the posted speed limit. heading for silver spring and college park around over across the american legion bridge, bridges are open at speed. see that sign, that sign has proved to be quite the distraction for drivers. when more volume gets through that area, that proves to be quite a bottleneck area. once you get beyond it and people stop reading the sign which is indicating work zone happening in the overnight hours, isn't that helpful for you right now, but it does prove to distract drivers. elsewhere, as you take the trip on 95 headed northbound, volume is on the increase from lorton up towards newington, beyond that no problems to report. center of the screen is the hovs. >> ashley, thanks. time now is 5:22. talk of a trade involving the most talked about redskin. where albert haynesworth may be
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we may get an answer. steven slate are has agreed to undergo a mental evaluation. slater appeared yesterday in the new york courtroom, he faces several charges. the redskins highest paid player may not be a redskin much longer. the team is reportedly looking to trade albert haynesworth. the skins have resumed trade talks with the tennessee titans. the defense tackle has been at odds with mike shanahan since hired in the spring. haynesworth was collected $42 million since signing a $100 million contract with the redskins before last season. you say good riddance? >> and they probably would have traded him a long time ago if they could find someone -- that's an expensive contract to pick up. we're not talking about just a blind check. you've got a guy who's track record isn't so much stel lar. >> good look to the titans.
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good look to albert as well. something found in a bathroom that caused a scare on an international flight. a suspected deadly drunk driving crash involving an illegal immigrant. the koran controversy, not going away. who is now speaking out against the florida church. ♪ i thought it was over here... ♪ [car horn honks] our outback always gets us there... ... sometimes it just takes us a little longer to get back. ♪
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burning questions, more concerns this morning about a reverend's plan to burn the koran on september 11th. good morning, i'm eun yang. >> and i'm craig melvin in for joe krebs, welcome to "news 4 today." it is wednesday, september 8th, 2010. let's look outside. you get to see the sun come up throughout the course. i love that. 5:30, pitch black when we started and you can already start to see glimmers of color in the background behind the washington monument. >> one of other perks including working with myself and tom kierein. >> seeing the sun come up pales in comparison. did i sell it? >> you may not see the sun this morning we have some clouds. but they are producing rain. we need rain. it is just parched and the wildfire danger is going to be increasing with everytng so dry. look at this, we are getting some light rain ahead of a weak front. right now getting sprinkles in
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loudoun county north of leesburg and along the blue ridge in warren and clark county near front royal. those are drifting to the east. there's another area of light rain in southern shen do wa as well as rockingham. those may hold together as they form in the metro area. might have a sprinkle this morning and it's balmy, we're in the 70s now. 75 in washington and we'll clear out this afternoon with a blustery northwest wind. we'll climb into the 80s and wind will be gusting and then overnight clear and cooler down in the 50s tomorrow morning. 70s on thursday. delightful day tomorrow. still a bit of a blustery wind then friday and saturday highs 70s with the diminished wind. ashley, how's our wednesday commute? >> our wednesday commute is shaping up to be a pretty nice one. we do have volume on the
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increase. 95 heading northbound as you leave woodbridge heading for lorton. certainly not jammed but volume is on the increase. center of the screen is the hov and you're rolling accident free towards the beltway. 270 heading southbound starting to get congested. and then as you continue further south, you do have good news because no major problems to report as you head further south. the pace opens up down towards the beltway. eun and craig, back to you. a small florida church plans to burn the koran on september 11th and it is fueling debate around the world. this morning the white house, secretary of state hillary clinton and military and religious leaders are condemning those plans. kimberly has details. >> good morning, the head of that tiny church of just 50 members could have had the dove world outreach center says he's now carrying a gun on his hip for protection after receiving more than 100 death threats for
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making statements like these. >> we are going to have an international burn a koran day. >> if people should lose their life, that would be tragic, i must say that we must sooner or later stand up to islam. >> the statements are stirring up very angry feelings. you can see in afghanistan they are upset about the planned burning of the corkoran. they are denouncing the u.s. and burning flags of that pastor. he has advertised a koran burning in front of the church on the anniversary of 9/11. the goal according to this church leader, shock the world into focus. the u.s. military leaders and top officials in the administration condemn the pastor's plan, even calling the act un-american. david petraeus says the safety
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of our soldiers and civilians would be put in jeopardy. the accomplishment in the mission in afghanistan would be made more difficult. >> we think that these are provocative acts. they are disrespectful and intolerant. they aredy advicive. this demands the strongest possible condemnation. >> to those who do this, i say, you bring dishonor to the name of jesus christ. >> those last comments made in an interface gathering condemning the church's plan. polls suggest that very few americans support anti-muslim activities. in the meantime, pastor jones has been denied a bonfire permit. back to you. >> and president obama will mark the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks here in washington. the white house says president obama will attend a memorial service at the pentagon.
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he also spoke at the pentagon's remembrance ceremony last year. today president obama will pitch another economic proposal in an effort to show the public that he is doing something to fix this flaling economy. on mop the president pitched money to create jobs. today he's expected to talk about a new series of tax breaks. tracie potts has details on that. >> reporter: good morning, everyone. the president today speaks from cleveland. he's in ohio, the home state of one of his harshest critics, john boehner. and also in a region that's been hard hit by unemployment. individuals overing $200,000 and couples over $250,000, plus wants to spend 50 billion on transportation projects and create 200 in business tax breaks, allowing small businesses to write off capital
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investments next year and giving them more cash to hire new workers. >> we're talking investments that are creating hundreds of thousands of private sector jobs right now. >> reporter: all paid for by ending tax breaks for big companies. republicans say it's the wrong approach. >> i don't think the american people want stimulus spending coming out of washington. we need to get our arms around the out of control spending. >> reporter: it's designed to help ailing democrats in november, facing an ee lek tore rat sick of washington politics. >> it should be the driving force, not whether you're a democrat or republican or somewhere in between. >> reporter: president obama hoping the promise of more jobs will convince voters to stick with his party. economists are split on whether or not the plan will work and president obama needs the support of congress to get it done, to get it passed. and most of them, craig, at this point are up for re-election.
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>> tracie potts, thank you. they are all rumors swirling that president obama's chief of staff may be looking to run for mayor of chicago. earlier this year you may remember rahm emanuel said tez no secret that he would like to run some day. he said he would work for mayor daly's re-election if he were to run again. daly announced he would not be seeking a new term. federal investigators are looking into a threatening message found in one of the bathrooms inside a plane. it happened on a thai airways plane from bangkok to los angeles. the plane landed safely at lax, the passengers were taken off and rescreenedty security terminal. officials have not released what the message said. there is more damage in new zealand after a 5.1 magnitude aftershock. they have hit with 150 large and
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small aftershocks and saturday's 7.1 ermg quake. many buildings were damaged and thousands of people were forced to evacuate. 5:38, creepy and crawly and even worse, they stink. some bothersome bugs are back. why unloading state liquor stores in virginia could end up costing [ male announcer ] how can rice production in india, affect wheat output in the u.s., the shipping industry in norway, and the rubber industry, in south america? at t. rowe price, we understand the connections of a complex global economy. it's just one reason 75% of our mutual funds beat their 10-year lipper average. t. rowe price. invest with confidence. request a prospectus or summary prospectus with investment objectives, risks, fees, expenses, and other information to read and consider carefully before investing. i could wear hats, if i partook in hat type thingsation
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♪ caught in a bad romance ♪ gaga ooh la la >> the little monsters take over chinatown. that is what lady gaga affect natalie calls her fans. she performed for 90 minutes, one of our own producers was in attendance and he says the concert was dramatic. >> he said more than that, that's all we can note on television. i bet that was a show. >> not only lady gaga but the audience. >> that's why tom kierein is a little bleary eyed. >> i still have blond strands on my jacket. >> do you have a favorite song? >> i like all of them.
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>> tom actually knows lady gaga. >> i love it. just great. >> hey, listen, i have a couple of of her cds. speaking of the weather and moving right along and now my time is gone. and look at the little bit of blob of blue. that is rain moving into the shenandoah county. a little line of light rain ahead of a weak cool front. we're in the 70s and it will climb into the 80s as we clear out this afternoon. tomorrow, friday and saturday, beautiful weather. sunny afternoon highs 70s. ashley, how's the traffic? >> good morning, 270 southbound volume is what you'll encounter, between 109 and the truck scales not terrible but it's going to be slow. elsewhere into virginia, 66 heading eastbound, you are going to find some volume delays as
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you make your way on and off through manassas, the thick of it seems to be here beyond 123 towards the capitol beltway. new disabled vehicle over by georgia avenue on the shoulder. 95 heading northbound, very heavy leaving the prince william parkway, the delays stretch up towards the woodbridge area. craig and eun, back to you. >> ashley, thank you. the time is 5:43. a new report says some reports have a lot of road for improvement. candidates for mayor find common ground. what they are asking supporters to do. it's just september but some people find themselves with the holidays top of mind.
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an attack on christmas or separation of church and state? the debate in loudoun county should be put to rest. the issue is whether holiday displays should be allowed on lawn of historic loudoun county courthouse. the debate has raged on for ten months now and now the county board of supervisors is finally ready to make a decision. tracee wilkins joins us live from leesburg with more on this story. >> reporter: good morning. this all started when they said it was one thing when they had one or two groups putting up displays. but when the requests started to come in and more groups wanted to put up displays and in some cases quite frankly, the displays were a little extreme, the county thought maybe it would be good idea to stop it all together. >> here in the middle of summer, i'm finding out that we're attack being christmas again. >> reporter: should religious
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displays be banned from the loudoun county courthouse ground and last night residents four and against the banning let the supervisors now how we felt. >> the proper place for religious displays is on religious or private property, that way everyone is treated fairly. when are we going to stop and recognize the lord? that's the reason that we're here. >> personally i don't feel god needs a dog and pony show. but on the other hand, if you can turn a profit on this for loudoun county, boo ya to you. >> reporter: last year they recommended ending the tradition of allowing folks to put up holiday display iz. it caused an uproor locally and got national attention. when you can get the aclu and ken cuccinelli agreeing on something, you may wonder if the end of the world is near but you do have to ask if it's
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unconstitutional. >> reporter: i'm tracee wilkins, we'll see you in the studio. also in virginia today, bob mcdonnell is expected to unveil a plan to impose a 4% tax on all bars and restaurants. according to published report, a 4% tax includes a 1.5% tax on all stores and restaurants that sell liquor and 2.5 on the overall annual sales. the money raised would make up for money lost in the state privatized the liquor stores, something he's been talking about for a while now. he believes the changes could bring in $260 million a year. this morning a 26-year-old firefighter is recovering from burn wounds he suffered while battling a house fire. it happened in the 1,000 block of whistling duck way over the weekend. his helmet was knocked off. he suffered third degree burns to his head and will undergo surgery at the washington hospital center. police in howard county are
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looking into whether a woman's death was the result of a domestic dispute. firefighters were called to an apartment in the 6000 block in majors lane for the report of a fire. when they arrived, they found the body of a woman in her 30s. they also found a man suffering from undetermined injuries. police believe his injuries occurred by the fire started and the victim's names have not been released. the man accused of shooting at the bethesda woman is waking up in jail this morning. joshua prince turned himself over to police in mo nmttoursville, pennsylvania. officers say he fired at his ex-girlfriend in the garage of an apartment complex where they both live then he took off. the woman was not hurt. she filed a protective order against him last week. a prince george's county police officer faces assault charges. accused of threatening a tow truck driver with a gun. officers arrested nathaniel
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daniels the third. the tow truck driver says daniel attacked him and shoved a hand gun in his face. daniels was offduty at the time and been charged with first and second degree assault. this morning police are looking for the man who stole several guns in a home invasion in the 5200 block of dorsett avenue. a man knocked on the back door then forced his way inside. he stole four guns and ammunition before taking off. three people, including a 101-year-old man were inside at the time. they are all okay. the d.c. mayor's primary days away now but the candidates are now urging their supporters to cool down. campaign workers for adrian fenty and vincent gray have clashed at polling locations. at one point both sides accused the other side of spitting. more police may be needed to
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keep the polling sites under control. d.c. police are reviewing security with the board of elections. as if bugs aren't disgusting enough, the stink bugs are back. loudoun county says the stink bug is invading homes and offering advice on how to keep them out. seal up cracks around windows and doors and chimneys. if they are inside a vacuum with a bag is a good with a to get rid of them. do not step on them, they will release their potent -- if they die inside your walls, they may attract other bugs. >> that's good news in the early morning. between the stink bugs and bed bugs, quite the infestation this summer. >> the dry weather too is driving them looking for water and we do have parched conditions around. good morning, i'm tom kierein. we do have thankfully a little bit of rain falling.
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it's not producing much rain and we have a bit of a cloudy sky over washington. although a few breaks in the clouds the bright spot on the western sky is jupiter. right now the rainfall this year is almost six inches below average. right now on radar, we are picking up a few sprinkles where you see the little blochs of blue. getting sprinkles north of leesburg on the frederick county line. then south of there, there's another shower there in southwestern loudoun county from near berriville down towards the county, this is drifting east and may make it into prince william and northern montgomery county in the next few minutesments minutesmenminutes. a few scattered sprinkles but they are tending to dry out as they head east. there's a shower in northern culpepper county, elsewhere, no precipitation. on the looking at the
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temperatures right now, temperatures in the 70s and it's mild from the shenandoah valley to the atlantic beaches with the clouds coming through. the wider view showing temperatures in the low 70s in the mountains of western maryland. eastern shore in the low to mid-70s. all of this associated with the weak front coming into the mountains from the west. behind that a clearing sky with bluster where winds. for the morning bus stop, for the students waiting for buses, chance of a passing sprinkle here in the next couple of hours with temperatures in the low to mid-70s and sunshine in and out too. by this afternoon, clearing into the 80s and we'll have a blustery northwest wind increasing to 30 miles an hour. we'll be down into the 50s tomorrow morning and then highs into the 70s with the blustery winds thursday. highs in the 70s friday and saturday. sunday there is a chance for more rain. it looks like mainly in the morning but dry for the game sunday night. how's the traffic? >> good morning, well, volume is on the increase, every which way
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we look. let's start off out of virginia, right around the prince william parkway, picking up steadily. springfield has the posted speed limit but you definitely have company. 270 heading south, flowing steady, towards the truck scales around the capitol beltway, no major issues to report. we did have a disabled over by georg georgia. by connecticut avenue, this is the interloop pace, and it will add much time at all. the outer loop is picking up volume heading for bethesda. 66 was heavy from 123 towards the capitol beltway. we're following breaking news right now. d.c. police are currently on the scene of a barricade situation. this is on n street in southwest d.c. there is a command post that has shut down half street in that area. we have a crew heading in that
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direction and we'll bring you an update as soon as we get it. >> an illegal immigrant accused in an accident that killed a nun will face felony murder charges. police say he was driving drunk in virginia when he crashed into a car with three nun inside. one died and the others were badly injured. the felony murder charge is the most serious ever brought in a drunk driving case in prince william county. they say the dui was his third. virginia governor bob mcdonnell has directed dmvs to no longer accept the cards as a form of legal residence, how he got his latest driver's license. gps devices can be used for more than finding directions. they say they can be used to track sex offenders. the court ruled that fairfax county police did not violate a
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registered sex offender's privacy by attaching a gps to the work van. officers followed him in person and arrested him during an attempted assault. the court ruled there is no exception of privacy on public streets. there's a big change in a very busy intersection in georgetown. drivers heading towards downtown on m street are now allowed to make a left turn on wisconsin avenue. nine parking spaces on m street were eliminated and a bus stop had to be relocated. the change was made it request of people who live in the area and community leaders. consider this when you're stuck on the beltway or one of the areas's other major highways. the washington region has some of the worst highway systems in the country, according to a new report. the region foundation was critical of maryland and the zikt in its annual highway study. maryland was ranked 43rd out of the 50 states because of
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congestion and per mile spending, monday the worst in the country. washington received low marks because of traffic and poor pavement conditions. virginia came in at 18 in the list which is six slots lower than a year ago. someone out there has a new responsibility this morning, taking watson for a walk. the little guy has a new owner thanks to help from d.c. chief cathy lanier, an 8-year-old border collie at the washington animal rescue league. he's a special needs log that chief lanier has been visiting for the past couple of weeks. she couldn't adopt him because she has several other dogs. however, good news this morning, someone has come forward and gave watson a new home. good morning to them and good morning to watson as well. we love stories like that. >> we knew he would get a good home. think you could pass a
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